Office productivity is a key ingredient in every successful operation, but we often turn a blind eye to the hidden costs of hustling at 110% capacity every day.
It’s a problem for managers too, even if they don’t realize it at first. A malnourished employee is an under-performing employee, plain and simple. There’s a better way to maintain productivity without burning out your team members—and that is healthy eating.
There’s a better way to maintain productivity without burning out your team members—and that is healthy eating.
The Connection Between Healthy Eating and Productivity
Your brain runs non-stop throughout your life—even when you’re sleeping! It burns 20% of your energy despite taking up no more than 3% of your body mass. It’s kind of a big deal.
Needless to say, your brain burns a lot of energy. Your body converts food into glucose, which it then uses to keep the brain running at top performance… if you’re eating the right stuff.
Fast food like leftover pizza or instant noodles doesn't agree with your digestive system in a natural way. They’re just not substitutes for healthy eating and a functioning brain.
The trans-fats in junk food can take days to go through your system, while the excessive salt and sugar in a burger alone can overload your brain with glucose (causing it to slow down). And then, your brain starts crashing after it’s all passed through your system (also causing it to slow down).
But at least you’ll have 20 minutes of productivity in between eating the burger and crashing afterward, right? It’s like sticking a few sugar cubes and teaspoons of butter into your system, so we’re going to say “not so much” on this one.
It’s like sticking a few sugar cubes and teaspoons of butter into your system, so we’re going to say “not so much” on this one.
Eating Slowly is the Key to Eating Healthy
You’re probably too busy to sit down and enjoy a meal, right? Join the club! It’s a fallacy to think that working through lunch is a sustainable behaviour.
Your body digests food more efficiently in small packets, giving your brain a steady and manageable flow of glucose instead of overloading it all at once.
But there’s an easy work-around. Eat a little bit in between your tasks and meetings. Over a one-hour period, try taking one bite every 5-7 minutes. You don’t even need to time it!
Just dive into your regular work rhythm and then take a bite when you come up for air every now and again.
Promote Healthy Eating at Work
Forcing employees to work so much that they skip lunch or eat that instant ramen isn’t helping employees or managers. Try these recipes at your office to get the most out of everybody’s performance!
Start by trying them out first to boost your own energy at work, then you might just get your team members to jump on the bandwagon too!
Some people believe that St Patrick's day is all about green... green pancakes, green eggs and ham, and green beer. But do you know what actually makes all of the things you indulge in green? The answer is green food colouring. Food colouring seems relatively harmless, so let's take a look at what is exactly in it. We have the ingredients found in a common green food colouring brand:
WATER, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, FD&C YELLOW 5, FD&C BLUE 1, AND PROPYLPARABEN (PRESERVATIVE).
The only thing in that chemical concoction that's “natural” is water. Everything else is a petroleum byproduct that was conjured up in a laboratory. Have no fear, Meal in a Jar has your green fix covered with fresh all natural ingredients. Our St, Paddy's Day greens are the by products of water, sunshine and Mother Nature. Let's take a look at some of our greens.
Spinach is loaded with vitamins and minerals. For all of you diehard nutritionists, these are a mixture of water and fat soluble vitamins. Spinach is packed full of magnesium, B2 and B6, vitamine K, vitamine E and calcium. This assortment of vitamins results in numerous health benefits. FIrst and foremost, spinach prevents cholesterol from oxidizing. As a result, Spinach is essential in maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system and lowering blood pressure. In addition, it helps you maintain vigorous brain function, memory and mental clarity.
Besides being a great additive to any meal for a little extra crunch, kale adds a nutritional boost to any meal. Kale is packed with alpha-linolenic acid, omega 3 fatty acids, along with vitamins, A,C, and K. In addition, it's loaded with potassium, calcium, zinc and antioxidants. Kale is essential in preventing macular degeneration as well as the development of cataracts. In addition, it aids in a healthy digestive track due to its high level of fiber.
Tracing back to Ancient China, bok choy has been enjoyed for its taste and nutritional benefits for millenias. Its full of vitamins C,A,K and an excellent source of calcium, manganese, iron and antioxidants. As a result this ancient veggie is known to help keep age related ailments away. The high calcium content is perfect for those who are lactose intolerant and want to maintain strong and healthy bones. High in glucosinolates, bok choy keeps those nasty cancer cells at bay.
Our jars are packed with these greens. Check out these 3 beauties below. If you already love Meal in a Jar and need your weekly fix, check out our fantastic meal plans. With Meal in a Jar, your friends will be green with envy on St Paddy’s day, but be careful the Leprechauns might be after your Meal in a Jar ;)
It’s late at night and you’ve already had dinner, but now you can hear your stomach grumbling over your show.
If you’re like most of us, you've heard that you shouldn’t eat after a certain time because your body doesn’t digest late night snacks properly.
Well, what if we told you that you could eat late at night?
Your body doesn’t stop digesting food when it goes to sleep, but it does slow down.
So you can still have healthy late night snacks, as long as they're reasonable.
Don't worry, we’re going to help you get through those night owl cravings with some tips on what not to do and tasty suggestions too.
The Don'ts of Late-Night Eating
Foods with lots of oils and fats:
Deep-fried foods are not what we would call healthy late night snacks.
These foods take longer to digest in general, but laying horizontally will make it even harder.
It’s known to cause acid reflux as well, since it lingers a little longer in your stomach.
Spicy foods have Capsaicin, which is the active component of chili peppers.
That causes indigestion and discomfort, so getting to sleep afterward will become challenging.
So save your spicy food cravings for lunch and dinner!
Sugar or Caffeine:
This one is kind of obvious.
Snacking on chocolate and candy before bed is going to make it hard to sleep and it's going to make you feel groggy and full waking up.
If you're going to indulge your sweet tooth at all, try to make it earlier in the day.
"Go For It" Late-Night Snacks
High-fiber cereal and milk:
While great for you and an excellent go-to snack, remember to keep your cereal portions reasonable.
Try just a half-cup to three-quarters of a cup at first. Even healthy late night snacks need to portion-controlled!
Avocado slices on toast:
Stick to whole-wheat or rye when choosing your bread for your toast.
Avocado has natural, healthy fats that will keep you full until breakfast. You need to eat these instead of artificial fats, so this tasty snack can still be satisfying and healthy without frying anything in oil.
Banana with peanut, almond, or cashew butter:
Try spreading peanut, almond, or cashew butter onto banana slices, or celery if you prefer a vegetable. The
The nut butter will provide healthy fats and proteins that will keep you feeling full and the banana sweetens the deal, for those of us who can't give up our sugar cravings entirely.
Fruit and nuts mix:
This is a perfect substitute the chronic chip eater. Skip the chips and salty treats like Cheetos for this healthy alternative. Sweet, salty, and nutritious rarely live in the same bowl. Take advantage!
Sweet, salty, and nutritious rarely live in the same bowl. Take advantage!
Some of our favourite fruit and nut mix ingredients are:
candied orange peels
dark chocolate chips
Snack On - Just Snack Wisely!
A tip to remember when snacking is to give yourself some time before hitting the hay, even if you eat those healthy late night snacks at a slightly embarrassing hour.
Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to give up your munchies and tasty foods. It just calls for a little creativity (and reasonable portions.)
Finding you don’t have time to make a well-balanced dinner?